Help Baxter

$645 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 46 months
Lynne Schmidt  NORWAY, ME
Baxter is a 7 year old marshmellow of a dog. His favorite past times are chasing cats, cuddling, riding in cars, and power kiting.

On April 28, 2013, I came home from work to see he had a bloody nose. After doing some research I decided to wait it out and see if it came back.

On April 30th, as we sat outside enjoying the sunlight, I saw a small trickle of red out of his nostril. I called the veterinarian right away.

May 1, 2013, Baxter underwent sedation, had xrays taken and blood work done. The vet was thinking it was one of three things: He'd snorted something, His tooth was causing an issue, or it may be a tumor. The first two would hopefully show up in an xray. Sadly, the results were inconclusive.

We were then referred to a specialist an hour away. The next around of testing (a rhinoscopy) will cost anywhere $2,500. Biopsy results came back, and he didn't have cancer (!!!) but they weren't sure what was wrong with him.

On September 29th, he started puking and pooing blood and was rushed to the emergency vet clinic. The bill will be anywhere from $700-$900.

Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Baxter is my best friend. Through the month of April, I did the A to Z Blog Challenge. If you'd like more information and adorable pictures of Baxter, they're here: http://thesubmissionprocess.blogspot.com/

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you more for your donation.
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Update 20
Posted by Lynne Schmidt
41 months ago
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Baxter was able to come this morning at 7:30am. He was so excited to see me, they couldn't get his leash on and he ran at me, full force, knocked me over, and together we tipped the Caution Wet Floor sign over. His bill ended up being a little over $700, but totally worth it.

We brought him home, and let him go potty outside where we reintroduced him to Kyla. She ran at him so fast we were afraid she may attack him, but they ended up running up and down the driveway together.

Back inside, he kept spitting out his medicine so I had to shove my entire hand in his mouth (yuck), but he eventually got it down.

When I left for work, he was curled on the couch napping. So far he seems to be recovering nicely, we haven't found anymore blood and he's kept food down.

Needless to say, I'm incredibly happy he's home.
On his way home!
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Update 19
Posted by Lynne Schmidt
41 months ago
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After a solid few months of Baxter being in good health, he got sick again today.

Yesterday, he'd puked a couple of times, but as he's a natural puker, I wasn't too worried about it. He'd also pooed in the house (unlike him, but when I don't get out of bed, desperate times call for desperate measures). Overall though, he was pretty okay.

This morning he puked three times in the span of about an hour. It was black and smelled awful. Just as we were going to make him white rice to calm his stomach, we found pools of blood on the floor. Immediately, we rushed him to the emergency vet clinic.

For those of you who know Bax, you know that if there is another animal around, he goes crazy. When we arrived at the clinic, there was a small dog outside. He didn't even register it. When we walked through the door, Bax dropped and pooed out blood (and a lot of it).

He was admitted to the clinic for an overnight stay. I signed off on paperwork saying that his latest bill will be anywhere from $700-$900.

After xrays and blood work, they've concluded that it was something bacterial and we'll have to put him on some pro-biotics. Right now, they have him on IV and Dextrose and the veterinarian has said he's the best dog to take care of. They should be trying to get him to eat solid foods soonish. I'll be able to pick him up tomorrow morning at 7:30am and if he's no longer bleeding from either end and is able to hold food down, he'll be home. If not, we have to admit him to his regular vet.

So that's the update today.
Baxter looking adorable
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Update 18
Posted by Lynne Schmidt
45 months ago
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Baxter finished the last of his meds yesterday, so now it's just a (yet another) waiting game. Hopefully it helped. He's still sneezing quite a bit, but not nearly as badly as he was. I haven't seen a nose bleed in well over a month.

Fingers are crossed this is all a good sign.
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Update 17
Posted by Lynne Schmidt
45 months ago
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When your dog is racking up a $3,000 veterinary bill, it's hard to focus on yourself. When he's standing there, bleeding on your jeans, with a look of panic in his eyes, it's hard to remember at the moment that you can't see out of one of yours.

I got a nice dose of reality today, that reminded me that even though Baxter is sick, and his bills are getting higher and higher, I cannot neglect myself. I hurt my eye well over a month ago, and just today finally was able to scrounge around money to see the optometrist. They were very unhappy to hear about how long I went without seeking help. They also explained that what's wrong with my eye could have taken a turn for the worse, and I could have been blind in that eye if I'd continued to wait.

We still don't technically know what's wrong with Baxter. He's still having bloody noses (though, thankfully not nearly as frequent!). It's frustrating to see how high the bill is without answers.

As always, thanks for your support.
~Lynne and Baxter
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$645 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 46 months
Created May 1, 2013
VS
$20
virginia sislane
17 months ago

Good luck with Baxter.

HK
$20
Heather Kapeller
41 months ago

With warm wishes for a speedy recovery from Heather (Violet Rosebud) and Lord BearCat.

TT
$30
Teddy Tallentire
46 months ago

Hi Baxter, sorry to hear you're poorly. Hope this helps a little bit towards your recovery. *pawhugs*. Wuv Teddy & mum xxxxx

C
$20
CookTheDog
46 months ago

Get well soon

SP
$50
Sammy & Penny
46 months ago

Sending Boxer Love & prayers to Baxter. Stay strong, my friend.

MS
$20
MB Snyder
46 months ago

Paws crossed for a positive outcome.

AR
$10
Allie Rosnato
46 months ago

Love you guys xoxo

SG
$20
Shauna Granger
46 months ago

I wish it were more. Praying for your furry friend!

$10
Anonymous
46 months ago
AR
$20
adam rondeau
46 months ago

Got my fingers crossed for you girl!

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